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Press Releases – 21st Biennale of Sydney unveils artistic program

Posted on Dec. 13, 2017
80 artists to present work at seven venues across Sydney over three months for the Biennale of Sydney’s 45th anniversary.

Sydney, Australia: the Biennale of Sydney today announced the 80 artists who will present work at seven venues across Sydney for the 45th anniversary of Australia’s most well-known contemporary art event, recognised for commissioning and showcasing innovative and thought-provoking Australian and international art.

Participating artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney hail from six continents including Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe with a quarter of the exhibiting artists from Australia. The 21st Biennale of Sydney is a free exhibition spanning three months from 16 March until 11 June 2018.

Exploring the curatorial theme of SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, the 21st Biennale of Sydney will be presented at seven of the city’s most respected museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Many of the artworks presented in the 21st Biennale are the result of direct engagement with communities around the globe and reflect the artists’ own migrations or personal histories. Artistic Director, Mami Kataoka commented: The artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium. The history of the people of Sydney collectively reflects the history of the world in the 20th century, in particular the movements and migration of people and cultures away from conflict. My hope is that the artworks in this Biennale will serve as a catalyst for thought for all of us.

2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney and its 21st edition. The Biennale of Sydney provides a platform for art and ideas and is internationally recognised for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the world. A leading international art event, the Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries. It has attracted over 4 million visitors since its inception in 1973 and holds an important place on both the national and international stage. The Biennale of Sydney is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pay respect to Elders, both past and present.

Internationally renowned curator Mami Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends, particularly in the context of Japanese and Asian art. Mami Kataoka is Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum in Tokyo where she has curated a number of exhibitions since 2003, including Ai Weiwei: According to What? (2009/ US Tour 2012-14), Lee Bul (2012), Makoto Aida (2012), Lee Mingwei and His Relations (2014-15) and N.S. Harsha (2017). Prior to this position, Kataoka was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002) and researcher at the NLI Research Institute on cultural policies and urban development projects (1992-1997). She was also International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London from 2007 to 2009.

In 2012, she guest-curated ‘Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and was a Co-Artistic Director for the 9th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. She also serves as Board Member of CIMAM [International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art] (since 2014) and Odawara Art Foundation (since 2009 founded by Hiroshi Sugimoto). Kataoka is also a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies.

FULL LIST OF ARTISTS: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Brook Andrew: Born 1970 in Sydney, Australia. Lives and works Berlin, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; and Oxford, England

Marc Bauer: Born 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland

Marjolijn Dijkman: Born 1978 in Groningen, Netherlands. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Simryn Gill: Born 1959 in Singapore. Lives and works in Port Dickson, Malaysia and Sydney, Australia

Hsu Chia-Wei: Born 1983 in Taichung, Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan
Sosa Joseph: Born 1971 in Parumala, India. Lives and works in Kochi, India

Jacob Kirkegaard: Born 1975 in Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark
Yvonne Koolmatrie: Born 1944 in Wudinna, Australia. Lives and works in Berri, Australia. Ngarrindjeri people

Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen: Born 1976 in Riihimäki, Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland

Liza Lou: Born 1969 in New York, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tom Nicholson: Born 1973 in Melbourne, Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne
Ciara Phillips: Born 1976 in Ottawa, Canada. Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland

Svay Sareth: Born 1972 in Battambang, Cambodia. Lives and works in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Maria Taniguchi: Born 1981 in Dumaguete City, Philippines. Lives and works in Manila, Philippines

Esme Timbery: Born 1931 in Port Kembla, Australia. Lives and works in La Perouse, Australia. Bidjigal people

Nicole Wong: Born 1990 in Hong Kong. Lives and works in Hong Kong
Haegue Yang: Born 1971 in Seoul, South Korea. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Seoul

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists: Founded 2000. Alice Springs, Australia

Entry to the Biennale of Sydney is free to the public. For further information on the 21st Biennale of Sydney, please visit:



Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Myriam Conrie
+61 2 9245 2434
+61 429 572 869
Stephanie Pirrie
+61 2 9245 2417

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